Halesworth & Southwold Community News August 2019 5 OBITUARIES & MEMORIAM

DR RICHARD KELL 21.05.55 – 06.07.19

IT is with great sadness that we announce the death of Richard John Alexander Kell, aged 64. He had struggled with the awful effects of Motor Neurone Disease with dignity and bravery, maintaining


calm demeanour and sense of humour throughout. He was a wonderful husband and father and will be greatly missed by us all.

Richard was born in

Wisbech, Cambridgeshire to a farming family. After schooling at Framlingham College, he trained in medicine at The London Hospital and worked in London, Manchester and Dubai, before settling in Halesworth as a GP. He was a GP partner for 29 years in


and was loved and respected by his colleagues and patients. He

campaigned for many

years to protect Halesworth’s health services, including the Patrick Stead Hospital, and had recently retired as

the chair Community

of Halesworth Nursing Care

Fund (now The Pear Tree Fund) and Halesworth Health. He dedicated a huge amount of time to these projects, both before and after retiring. He also worked as a police surgeon for 20 years and was heavily involved in training both GP trainees and medical students. Outside of work he loved

ON Thursday 11th July Halesworth dementia Carers’ Fund held

its 6th Annual

General Meeting which reported a very successful year. During the course of the meeting a report was given of the fund’s achievement in providing care in supporting 26 families on a one to one basis within the Halesworth and District area, in people’s homes, together with opportunities in providing days out with a respite care service designed to meet the needs of the individual. A generous grant was gratefully received from Heveningham Hall Trust towards our costs in providing our Dementia Support Worker, Alice Sparksman, seconded from

sport: playing hockey, tennis and squash; travelling,


swimming and spending time in the countryside. As a family, we are so touched by the outpouring of grief and compassion we have experienced from the whole community and further afield. Richard would have been so humbled by the scale of the reaction to his death. It was his


DISTRICT MUSEUM SUMMER in Halesworth Museum, summer holidays are upon us and families from

Halesworth and the

surrounding district, or those visiting the area, are warmly invited to visit the Museum over the coming weeks. As part of the summer in

Suffolk Museums initiative, our Museum has developed a number of family friendly activities which will engage people of all ages. For older visitors, the Museum contains a wealth of fascinating materials on local history, including a model of Halesworth in Tudor Times and a working model showing the operation of our famous moving platforms, unique in the country. We have a temporary exhibition about the work of Halesworth Urban District and later Town Council.

Learn more

about the medieval lords of the manor, the Argenteins, including information on the fascinating bresummer beam that sits over a door in the Thoroughfare.

For younger members of the family there is brass rubbing and 'feely' bags (can you guess the mystery object inside?). They can handle the fossils in our handling tray and make their own model ammonite to take home. We also have a 'Woodwose Trail'.

Woodwoses were medieval figures of myth

Peter Charles Lucas

Jean and family would like to sincerely thank all who generously donated in Peter’s memory to Parkinson’s UK and Dementia UK, over £650 was raised.

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who lived in the woods and forests, representing nature at its wildest.

The trail

takes you round the Museum exhibits to find seven hidden woodwoses and asks you questions about the exhibits they accompany.

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When you have

completed the Woodwose Trail in the Museum, why not follow the Town Trail through the Thoroughfare to visit the woodwose carved around the font

in St Mary's Church?

These fascinating carvings are a feature of several Suffolk churches, and St Mary's Church houses a particularly fine example. Another trail, the Malt Heritage Trail, takes you through the town and the town park and includes a visit to the Malt Experience at the Cut Arts Centre, a few hundred yards from the Museum. This exhibition, which is free of charge, provides an opportunity to get the feel of what it must have been like to work in a traditional maltings. There are lots things to do and see in the Museum this summer, so do pop along to visit us. We are open Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 12.30pm and Wednesday afternoon 2pm-4pm and free.

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expressed wish for a private cremation and no memorial service.


He would have to

be remembered

during a walk or swim in Walberswick and we would like to respect his wishes.

Barbara, Jon, Meg and Emily Kell

Blyth Valley Parkinson’s Support Group


AT our June meeting we welcomed John Clouting, our local Fire Safety Officer who told us about fire safety in the home, the precautions we can take and what to do in the unlikely event of a home fire. He also told us about door to door safety and the checks we should make before letting strangers into our homes. We

were delighted

to receive a certificate recognising the contribution and commitment of the Blyth Valley Parkinson’s group to the community at a service held at St Marys recently and individual recognition for the contribution of Margaret Bloomfield over many years. We congratulate and thank Sandra Hoffman for donating £200 to our group’s funds after raising over a £1000 for Parkinson’s UK by climbing Snowden last month. Our next meeting will

be our AGM to be held on Wednesday 14th August at 10am in the Garden Room, Patrick Stead Hospital. Do come along and join us.

the Alzheimer’s Society, to be at Cutlers Hill Surgery, Halesworth Library and in the community two days a week where she can be contacted for help, support and sign post to other services. Alice runs a peer support group monthly and plans to develop a ‘moving on’ group for those who have been bereaved or have a loved one living in residential care and need a different kind of support. She

HdCF Monthly Report August 2019 sessions locally

also has delivered ‘Dementia Friends’

to Police Officers and to children at Holton Primary School.

HdCF have continued to

put on our bi-monthly film Matinees with the support of The Cut. We have had three ‘firsts’ this year – a dance, a sponsored walk and a week in the i-Chameleon pop-up shop in the Thoroughfare. Together with donations, fill- a-jars, collection pots and Chari-TEA parties held for us we raised the magnificent sum

of £18,000 towards

respite care. Carers Day, organised in conjunction with the Halesworth Volunteer Centre proved to be a busy lively day with stalls, classes and events.

An estimated 95

people came to the talk and find out information of help to them. A vote of thanks was given to the families who have donated generously to our charity from funeral collections and also to Jill Denny who continues to

support us by selling

her popular handcrafted throughout the year.

Appointment of trustees Halesworth Day Centre

IT has been a busy, but nice, time at the Day Centre for everyone but especially for our cook, Glenda. We thank her for that lovely tea she provided to thank everyone who has helped us over the year. Throughout Wimbledon we enjoyed strawberries and cream in many different ways we did not know existed. We also enjoyed special cakes to take home for tea.

The Day Centre will be closed from Friday 16th August to Monday 6th September. This is to allow us to steam clean the kitchen etc and to ensure all is well with the heating and lighting etc.

At the recent Committee meeting the autumn and Christmas/New Year details were finalised. If you, or someone you know, would like to join us for one of our Christmas lunches please do contact us (01986 835838).

Transport is available. Please leave your name and contact details. The total


cost is £10 for everything. If you or a family member to

would like join us on

Tuesday and/or Fridays please get in touch or come along for coffee (cost is £9 including everything and cakes to take home). We use the minibus for transport. We will return your call.


Throughout the spring we updated

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would love to hear from you. We have a coffee morning on Saturday 21st September 10am to 12pm at the Day Centre and a Macmillan coffee morning on October 5th again from 10am to 12pm at the Day Centre. Please support these events, all are welcome.

Thank you for your support over the year.

Jean A Macheath (Secretary)

and committee members elections:- Patrick Cox, our Family Carer Representative was formally made a trustee and nominated for Chair. Nikki Sawkins, Chair for the last 4 years has now become Vice-Chair and was thanked for

all her hard work and presented with a bouquet by Patrick on behalf of the Committee. Tessa Harding, our secretary,

stood down during the year and David Rich took over as acting Secretary.

David was proposed and seconded at the AGM confirming his appointment. 2019-2020 Trustees Committee:- Patrick Cox, Nikki Sawkins, Dave Rich, Mary Pennock, Jim Fyfe, Teresa

Fyfe, Jackie Rich,

Patricia Flegg, Sallyanne Cockrell, Tessa Harding. Our speakers were Phil Love, of Social Prescribing Suffolk, who gave a detailed description of ‘Wellbeing’ and Karen Kerridge of the Halesworth Volunteer Centre, who talked about ‘Isolation Busters’. Both speakers were very well received.

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